A. Reclaiming the village through cultural liberation by holding spaces for internal transformation, healing arts & birthing justice.
A: By asking “What happened to you?” instead of “What’s wrong with you?”, trauma-informed care seeks to realize the widespread impact of trauma and understand paths for recovery; Recognize the signs and symptoms of trauma in individuals; Integrate knowledge about trauma into policies, procedures, and practices; and actively avoid re-traumatization (source: Trauma Informed Care Implementation Resource Center). At Rootead, we believe that movement ranging from West African Dance and yoga can be transformative.
A. When guests arrive at Rootead, they're typically offered a cup of tea. We believe in the transformative power of plants in general and tea in particular and in being rooted and grounded.
A. Nothing! These programs are funded by performance fees paid by the venues where these professional drum and dance companies perform. Auditions are held yearly in the fall. In 2021, auditions for both programs will be held on Oct. 1.
A. Everywhere! We’ve performed at festivals and fairs ranging from the annual Black Arts Festival to the Fridays at the Flats food truck festivals, at schools and other area institutions, and even at businesses. You can request a performance at https://www.rootead.org/youth--cultural-arts.html#Request.
A. Rootead in Youth, whose 10-week fall program runs from October to December (with an online performance scheduled for Dec. 19). There’s also a spring program that runs from February - April. Cost for the 10-week program is $80, and scholarships are available.
A. Most definitely not! Please contact us so we can create a plan together that feels mutually invested and beneficial..
A. The COVID pandemic has required to us get creative and maintain flexibility with our expectations and support options. To date, we have been able to maintain support for our clients without interruption. We also recognize that the decisions that affect our ability to do so are largely out of our hands. As such, we have designed a line of Virtual Support options in addition to our more traditional packages.
A. At Red Birth Green, we believe in the Alignment and Cohesion that comes from Flocking. Like birds, we move and support as a team so that no one is left behind. We understand that this is a different method of doula care than what most people are used to. We also understand that different doesn’t always work for everyone…and that’s okay! What we ultimately know is that different DOES work for someone and perhaps that someone is you. Our doulas are Reclaiming Birth certified and many have additional trainings and certifications as well. Certification is not required to be a doula or attend births in any state. If only working with one person is important to you, we recommend that you utilize our virtual support options.
A. Black and Brown Therapy Collective’s mission is connecting residents of color to therapists of color for the healing of racial trauma. The Kalamazoo Black and Brown Therapy Collective was created in response to community needs, through a partnership between TRHT Kalamazoo, Rootead, and local clinicians and advocates..
A. Our healing group programs focus on offering embodied tools to heal grief and racial trauma. Whereas support groups often offer a space to revisit and relive trauma, our healing groups are focused on offering tools to heal.
A. Studies indicate that patient outcomes improve when they have a doctor who looks like them for a multitude of reasons including systemic racism and prejudices within the healthcare system, mistrust of healthcare providers resulting from these prejudices, and simply avoiding having to translate one’s culture to their doctor or therapist.
A. Radicle is a safe, intergenerational space for LGBTQIA+ identified people, centering QTBIPOC voices, experiences and wellness. We offer healing spaces through art and communal gatherings as an initiative of Rootead. Much of our programming is open to all within the LGBTQIA+ community; however, we do also offer some programs exclusively for the QTBIPOC (queer and transgender Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) community.
A. LGBTQIA+ means lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and/or questioning, intersex, and asexual and/or ally. QTBIPOC means Queer and Transgender Black, Indigenous, and People of Color. QTBIPOC are acknowledged to encompass some of the most marginalized members of the LGBTQIA+ community experiencing numerous forms of oppression including racism, ethnocentrism, xenophobia, queerphobia, and transphobia.
A. If you are able to commit to 8 - 10 hours per month volunteering on the Radicle committee, we'd love to hear from you! Fill out the questionnaire at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSerGvN3hbDUnxPGnlyiIGi59PEttl_8MoVNSW7RVcZJNaeHXw/viewform to volunteer or pass this link along to someone you know would be an asset to the mission!